"We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can trim our sails."
This is the first line of defense against the increasingly rapidly changing post modern society that we live in. And the stress is killing us.
Michael McKee, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, tells us that deep, slow breathing connects us to more relaxed states of mind and the activities that accompany them. When we are in high alert so much of the time, cortisol production must be countered through becoming mindful and present to what is happening. Dr. Andrew Weil posits, "I think breath is the only function through which you can influence the involuntary nervous system."